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Music Theory: Breaking Away From The ‘Original Beat Recipe’

It's easy to make your beats unique and interesting, even if they start off pretty conventional. Here are some top tips to liven up your rhythms and create more life and variation for your tracks.

Elektron Releases Overbridge 2.0 (Closed Beta)

The wait is almost over for Digitakt users. Elektron appear to be closing in on completion of the much anticipated Overbridge 2.0 which has now just entered the closed BETA stage.

Review: Denon DJ SC5000 Prime

Denon's pro-level DJ player has a 7-inch HD display with multi-touch gestures, 
8-inch rugged metal jog wheel and much more besides. Sara Simms put it to the test.

Mixed In Key Announces Captain Plugins 2.0: New Chord Progression layouts, Strum, & Swing

Captain Chords 2.0 from Mixed In Key adds greater features, tools and workflows for music composers and producers, always with an eye on bring music theory to the masses.

Modal Announces Skulpt, Sub $300 4-Voice, Portable, Polyphonic Synthesizer

Well, well, well. Modal Electronics have unveiled a rather stunning 4-voice, 32-oscillator polyphonic virtual analog synthesizer expected to retail for less than $300 USD! It sounds lovely too.

Russian Analog Drum Synth, AVP Synth ADS-7, Spec, Price & Video Revealed

ADS-7 is a seven-track analog drum machine made in Russia with 65 hands-on controls, a sequencer, MIDI, individual audio outputs and trigger inputs. Here's what it sounds like.

6 Mistakes To Avoid When Managing Your Next Recording Session

Capturing a sound isn't the only important part of a recording session - there's a lot of other things to consider. Here are 6 mistakes you must avoid to ensure the best results.

Focusrite Offers Free Eventide Plug-In And 50% Discount

This month's plugin collective offer from Focusrite includes EQuivocate plug-in 100% FREE and a 50% discount off Eventide’s Elevate Mastering Bundle from 5 July to 6 September 2018.

How To Arrange Tracks With Native Instrument Maschine JAM

NI's Maschine Jam makes live performance and recording easy. Here's a speedy guide to getting up and running with the arranger.

Masada & The Beat Community Release Lurid Regard Organ, Free Akai MPC Expansion Pack

This completely free MPC expansion pack adds more sounds to your AKAI setup and is compatible with both the hardware and software. Grab it now!

Elektron Releases Analog Heat MKII: Backlit Buttons, Circuit Enhancements, Bigger, Better Screen

Sometimes minor changes can lead to major workflow improvements. This seems to be the case with Elektron's Analog Heat MKII which feels more like a instrument / performance tool than the original.

Get Smart With Isotonik Studio's Advanced Parameter Control For Ableton Live

Get complete control over your Live devices with up to 8 parameters controllable at once, plus Smart Graphs, Push 2 compatibility and more all for under $25.

Modal Teases Skulpt, New Hardware Synth

Just about the only thing we might know about the soon to be announced Modal machine is its name. Skulpt will be revealed on Friday 6th July 2018. An exciting synth summer continues.

Doepfer Releases Dark Energy III Monophonic Analog Desktop Synthesizer

Doepfer have released the third iteration of their monophonic standalone analog desktop synth in the Dark Energy series. Here's what you need to know about this CV, MIDI and USB connectivity synth.

Review: Yamaha Montage 2.0

Yamaha's free update for its Montage workstation synthesizer brings a ton of new features to the table. Matt Vanacoro has been playing with it, and here's what he discovered.